The Greyhound: A Simple, Tart Vodka Cocktail

Greyhound Cocktail
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  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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When you're ready for a tall, refreshing, and semi-tart drink, turn to the Greyhound. This popular cocktail takes just a couple minutes to mix up. It's an ideal choice for brunch, happy hour, or anytime you want a quick, tasty drink.

The beauty of this mixed drink is in its simplicity. It requires just two ingredients and, much like the Screwdriver, the vodka adds very little flavor so you are basically drinking spiked juice. That said, try the Greyhound with infused vodkas for a fun twist. Strawberry, blood orange, and kiwi are all pleasant options.

Also, if you're in the mood for something just a little bit different, go with the Salty Dog. It's as simple as pouring gin instead of vodka and using a salt-rimmed glass.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a collins glass filled with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge.

Tips for Making a Great Greyhound 

It can be easy to think that quality does not matter in a mixed drink like this. However, there are only two ingredients in the Greyhound and that makes each one very important.

The Vodka. To create the best Greyhound, it is best to begin with a good vodka. It doesn't have to be your best vodka, though there's no need to go with the cheapest, bottom shelf vodkas, either.

Find a good middle-ground vodka, one that is both easy on your budget and has a smooth taste. New Amsterdam, Stolichnaya, and Svedka would be among the top recommendations. Once you find one that meets your needs and taste, make it your regular well vodka and reserve the really good stuff for your vodka martinis.

The Grapefruit. The grapefruit juice is equally important in the Greyhound because it makes up most of the drink. The first recommendation would be to use freshly-squeezed juice.

There are a variety of tools available that can make the process quick and cheap. For instance, the classic citrus juicer makes fast work of a few grapefruits and it doesn't take up much space in the kitchen or bar. You should be able to get enough juice from a single grapefruit for one Greyhound. This is a good habit to get into and it will significantly improve the quality of your drinks

Also, feel free to use ruby red grapefruit. The slight change in flavor can really brighten up your cocktail routine.

Greyhound a Little Too Tart?

Grapefruit is a tart fruit and some juices—whether fresh or bottled—are tarter than others. Whenever you find that your Greyhound is too sharp to enjoy, counteract it with a little sweetener. 

Stirring in a dash of simple syrup would be the first choice. If you don't have that in stock, you can turn to agave nectar or honey. In a pinch, you can also use a little regular sugar but the drink will need to be stirred very well to ensure it is properly dissolved.

How Strong Is the Greyhound?

As with all highball drinks, you can make the Greyhound as light or as strong as you desire. It all depends on how much juice you use. The 4-ounce pour is pretty standard and with an 80-proof vodka, the drink weighs in around 12 percent ABV (24 proof). That's about what you can expect from the average glass of wine.